Topps mirrored their US Baseball inserts up North in 1961 with a small set of CFL Magic Rub-Offs. Recently a group of 16 were sold on eBay (the inspiration for this post) and they were in really nice shape. I have used a mirror-image to show these as they would look applied to a notebook or some other surface:
The above lot represent a significant portion of the entire set. However, the exact percentage is not necessarily a determinable number as this time. The back of each Magic Rub-Off has instructions in English and French and clearly indicates there should be 27 subjects:
Well as you may have guessed, there are not 27 known subjects but only 24. According to Andy Malycky's ridiculously comprehensive Collecting Canadian Football Volume 1, which is my go to guide for Topps and OPC CFL information (and from which the above back scan is pinched), only 24 have surfaced and the set may be complete at that number. Topps often printed their insert sets in multiples of 12 so 24 is a reasonable landing spot.
There were 9 teams in the CFL in 1961 (the Western Conference played 16 games and had five teams, while the Eastern Conference played 14 games with four teams) and all nine logos have been accounted for as the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Rough Riders, Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers were issued in addition to the teams shown in the scan above. With four players produced that are also not shown above (Don Clark, Gene Filipski, Ron Stewart & Dave Thelen), all teams have three subjects except for Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto, which are each missing a player for a perfectly balanced issue of two players and one logo per franchise.
Malycky states that no unopened was packs are known to have survived from the 1961 CFL issue so the odds of missing subjects hiding in unopened product are astronomical. Were the three missing players produced? Probably not but the set is so hard to piece together anything is possible.
interesting aspect to these transfers is that generally speaking these are horrifically difficult to come by. Then 16 very nice specimens are sold on ebay, then they are sold again (resold or another group of same?) , then again, probably 4 or 5 times in the last few years this same group of 16 is being sold on ebay. Either somebody came upon a large cache of these transfers (but just these 16 over and over) or worse...
This is a minor detail, but the transfer for Kenny Ploen is spelled incorrectly as Pleon ...
When these came out I called O-Pee-Chee and they said they would try to correct it on further press runs but never did ...
Yes, I am that old to remember such insignificant trivia like this.
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